April- lifts closed- and snow- welcome to Aspen.
So time for a little warm up coffee and a muffin
One of the most frequent questions is “How long does it take to charge a Tesla?” and the answer is “That depends on the charger.” Here at the Pitkin County Public Works charger (across from the airport between the animal shelter and the bus barn) the charge is 20 miles per hour. At the Rio Grande parking lot in Aspen it’s 28 miles per hour. At the supercharger in Glenwood Springs it’s 280 miles per hour. We looooooove the supercharger.
It’s turning into a trend – and a nice one at that.
Yesterday morning with 14″ of freshies on the mountain for the last day of the 2016 XGames
my first ride was DJ Snake.
Pow during the day…
and Belly up at night…
— AVH84 (@Aimeevera84) February 1, 2016
and this morning…. more of the same…
“What is Winterskol?” my riders ask. Literally it’s “a toast to Winter” but really- it’s a little party we cooked up for that January lull right after Christmas.
“Cooking”-which brings me to my favorite Winterskol event: SoupSKOL!
Here’s our Winterskol King and Queen Tom and Jody Cardamone judging the soup (using sorbet as a palette cleanser between spoonfuls)
This year’s winner was Meat and Cheese with a coconut based soup which made us all think of taking time out on the beach.
…. actually I think the “leftovers” make a great snowball fort
While the car was charging in the public garage yesterday I decided to visit one of my favorite places in Aspen. After al,l it’s not only the car which needs the batteries recharged.
and say hello to my favorite resident, Belle the Golden Eagle.
Belle was looking very fluffy yesterday. It was cold.
Z3RO-G your Uber Tesla in Aspen.
“This is the nicest Uber I’ve ever been in…wow a Tesla” Yep, those were the first words from almost every one of my 59 rides last week. I have to agree. I love my Tesla. I love to share that love with my riders.
Summing up the first week as an Uber driver in Aspen… well, it ain’t New York. FYI, yes, I did drive a cab in New York in the 80’s and some things are the same and some things are very different.
The riders have been terrific (especially Cabo the Cocker Spaniel- what a cutie- sorry- no pix Cabo is shy). They’ve been a diverse crowd and that’s what we expect in Aspen. Riders came from 5 Continents China, Colombia, France, Pakistan, Australia, Canada …
…. visitors from all over the USA, Floridians escaping the snowbirds, Texas Oil Company guys checking out the electric car, Los Angelenos doing the last minute round trip to LA before Christmas , and many from my old stomping grounds- folks from NYC (“Have you eaten at Red Farm on Hudson?” “Yes!” “The oysters with Myer Lemon!” followed by a moment of silence as we both remember that appetizer.. which I tell you…is … oh my.)
So wait- what about the Tesla in the snow you say? My 2013 Model S isn’t all wheel and the roads have been pretty darn slick. Yep, I need to channel my 1960’s driving style and slow down a bit and use a little more caution but this is by far the best rear wheel drive vehicle I’ve ever driven. In fact that’s a quote from one of my riders as we were driving on Owl Creek road “This is the best rear wheel drive car I’ve ever been in.” That it is.
The major difference between driving in NYC and Aspen? Well, while the car is recharging at the Rio Grande garage I can ride the gondola for a top to bottom on Ajax with a quick stop to grab a coffee and strudel at Bonnies and then go back to driving.
Look for the Z3RO-G plates – your Uber Tesla in Aspen.
These guys now how to POW!
I picked them up in front of Victoria’s on Christmas morning with skis and coffee in hand.
Those lovely fat powder skis went on the ski rack and off we went to Highlands. Hope you had some great laps on the bowl guys!
Here’s a quick 2015 youtube of Highlands Bowl (pretty close to conditions yesterday).
Take an Uber Tesla to Highlands and shred with style.